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About the Event

They say ‘write what you know’. These authors have certainly taken that advice to heart. Join Alex Clark to get the inside scoop on this year’s hottest political thrillers. ITV News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby’s latest novel Secret Service has his MI6 Officer protagonist foiling a plan for a leadership challenge. BBC Radio news producer Peter Hanington’s new book A Single Source tells the story of a veteran BBC reporter caught in the middle of the Arab Spring and Sam Bourne’s (pseudonym of journalist Jonathan Freedland) thriller To Kill the Truth deals with a deadly conspiracy that could ignite another American civil war.

About the Authors

Tom Bradby is a journalist, novelist and screenwriter. He is currently Anchor of ITV’s News at Ten and host of the political discussion series The Agenda. Tom has written six novels. Two of them – The White Russian and The God of Chaos – were shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association award for Historical Novel of the Year, and a third – The Master of Rain – for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thriller of the Year. In 2012, Tom wrote the screen adaptation of his first novel, Shadow Dancer. It was directed by Oscar winner James Marsh and starred, Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson. It was launched to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards. Tom himself was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award for Best Adapted Screenplay that year. He wrote a four part drama for ITV called The Great Fire the following year and has since been at work on a number of further films.

Peter Hanington worked for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme for 14 years and throughout the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts. He initiated the special guest editor programmes and worked on special projects including collaborations with the Manchester International Festival and Glastonbury. His book A Dying Breed was Sunday Times Thriller of the Month. He still works for the BBC and lives in London.

Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper’s Washington correspondent. In the annual What the Papers Say Awards of 2002 Jonathan Freedland was named Columnist of the Year. His first novel, The Righteous Men, was a Richard and Judy Summer Read and a Number 1 bestseller. His next two novels, The Last Testament and The Final Reckoning were both top ten bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and their two children.